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William Anderson
Born 1852
Place of birth Sweden
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Coxswain
Unit USS Powhatan
Awards Medal of Honor

William Anderson (born 1852, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.


Born in 1852 in Sweden, Anderson immigrated to the United States and joined the Navy from New York. By June 28, 1878, he was serving as a coxswain on the USS Powhatan. On that day, he rescued First Class Boy W. H. Moffatt from drowning, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

Anderson's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Powhatan, 28 June 1878. Acting courageously, Anderson rescued from drowning W. H. Moffatt, first class boy.[1]

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